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Most Common Recital Concerns and How to Conquer Them
Written by Erin Sforza on April 27, 2019

Recital is always an exciting time, but it can also be a little overwhelming, especially for first-time recital students and parents. Here are some ways to make the whole experience easier for everyone:

  • Concerns about dropping off your dancer in the cafeteria: Every first time recital parent, especially our Pre-School parents have that same feeling. Being separated from your little one can make us nervous. How are they doing? Are they ok? Do they need the bathroom? It can be hard to sit and try to enjoy the performance with these questions dancing around in our heads. There is no need to worry though. Our cafeteria set up is done specifically to make sure that all students are secure, and that they have proper supervision. We even hire extra assistance to make sure every area is covered. We have parent volunteers that help with costume changes and hair and make-up and our teachers that are assigned to the cafeteria are always busy making bathroom runs with the little ones. We also have both a closed circuit link to the videographer so our students can watch the performance as well as games to play and a Pre-School area that has all the essentials for keeping our little stars busy and happy throughout the show.
  • What if my child needs me during the performance?: In the highly unlikely event that we need to get a hold of you during the performance, we have access to the ticket sales info that will allow us to get right to you and bring you back to your child.
  • What if something goes wrnog with my dancer’s costume/make-up/etc.?: We have tons of parent volunteers backstage and in the changing area, and like the old saying, sometimes it “takes a village” to get a dancer out on stage. Dance Connection is really lucky to have a group of amazingly helpful parents that are always ready to help a fellow dance parent in need.
  • Concerns about picking up my child after the show: We know that there will be a huge rush to pick up dancers after the performance. We ask that you be as patient as possible and we will be working our hardest to quickly release your dancers to you, while ensuring that every dancer is kept safe.
Erin Sforza

Erin is the Public Relations Coordinator for Dance Connection. She studied dance from childhood through college and continues to be an active member of the Long Island theatre community. Erin received a BA in both Musical Theatre Performance and History from the University of Tampa, and has utilized aspects of both degrees working in the hospitality industry, as an Event Coordinator for the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, and as the PR/Marketing Coordinator and Group Sales Coordinator for the CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale. In addition to being a part of the Dance Connection staff, she is a Travel Consultant affiliated with MouseEarVacations.com and CruisingCo.com.